Australia South to North–Melbourne to Darwin

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  • Duration
    19
    Days
  • Service
    Basic
  • Difficulty
    Easy

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Highlights

Learn about creation time stories of the Aborigines, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru, hike through gorgeous natural rock formations in the Red Centre, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakadu National Park

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Buses and 4x4s and boats – oh my! Is there a better way to explore somewhere new than from a few different vantage points? We didn’t think so either. This 19-day tour allows you to experience Australia from land, water and even underground. (Seriously! Just wait until you get to Coober Pedy.) From Melbourne to Darwin, your itinerary will include amazing stuff like rainforest walks in Great Otway National Park, wine tasting in Clare Valley, awe-inspiring sunsets at Uluru, and even a crocodile-spotting boat cruise.

Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)
Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: 12 Apostles Visit Loch Ard Gorge Visit Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)
Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 4 Halls Gap/Mount Gambier (1B)
Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)
Day 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide (1B)
Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide. Additional Notes: New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Blue Lake Visit Coorong National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 330km)
Day 6 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)
Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 7 Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)
Day 8 Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)
We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 9 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)
Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)
Day 10 Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D)
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
Day 11 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L)
Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
Day 12 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)
The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 13 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)
Take in the scenery around Uluru. Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda and spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)
Day 14 Alice Springs
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Alice Springs.
Day 15 Alice Springs/Daly Waters (1L)
Take in the vastness of the Northern Territory and travel north via the Devils Marbles - giant red granite boulders that are a sacred site to Aboriginals. Finish the day at Daly Waters and grab a drink at the local Outback pub teeming with character. Additional Notes: We spend approx 12 hours on the road today, stopping off in Daly Waters for the night. Make sure to grab a drink or two at the famous local pub in this small Outback town. Transport: Private Vehicle (12.00 hour(s), 920km)
Day 16 Daly Waters/Katherine (1B, 1D)
Continue north, stopping for a visit at the Mataranka Hot Springs before setting up camp in Katherine. Opt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat ride or helicopter flight over the gorge taking in the stunning scenery. Additional Notes: Availability of optional activities may change depending on the season. Included Activities: Mataranka Hot Springs Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 17 Katherine/Kakadu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue north, stopping at Edith Falls. Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included Activities: Gunlom Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 18 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L)
Continue exploring Kakadu NP, stopping off at sacred rock art galleries. Head towards Litchfield National Park, stopping to spot crocs on a boat cruise. Additional Notes: We overnight just outside of Kakadu NP. Depending on weather, sleep in a swag under the stars or a hut if raining. Included Activities: Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Bowali Visitor Centre Visit Ubirr Rock Art Crocodile Spotting Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 19 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L)
Tour Litchfield NP to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening. Included Activities: Litchfield National Park Visit Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)